I went Live on my Facebook page yesterday to talk about pizza (PS do you like my Facebook page? I’d love to connect with you there!). Can you believe it!? Doesn’t seem like something a health and fitness coach/blogger would talk about, but I really wanted to address something that I think is really important – BALANCE!
Why yes, I did just finish a program where I rolled up my sleeves and followed the nutrition plan and lost the 4 pounds I had gained post marathon. I counted my containers (not calories, containers!) and did not allow myself to eat 3 bowls of popcorn in the afternoon like I may do sometimes during marathon training. I ate more veggies, fewer grains and I admit, sometimes I was a little hungry! But, I still ate pizza twice during the three weeks. I regularly eat pizza, usually weekly. Why? Because I freaking love pizza. It’s my favorite food. I believe life is about balance and although I definitely think that if you want outstanding results from any weight loss program, you need to cut back on things like pizza, I still think it’s ok to have whatever it is that you love once a week.
Before all of my challenge groups begin, I emphasize how important the nutrition plan is. But with that, I also encourage people to schedule one “cheat meal” per week. I actually dislike that term, “cheat meal.” I need to come up with a better term. Because in actuality, that pizza or ice cream or whatever it is that you want to indulge in, IS part of the plan. So it’s not a cheat. The key here is, making it a one time thing. You can’t eat the pizza Thursday on date night and then justify splurging at a birthday party Friday night and a BBQ on Sunday if your goal is weight loss. You just get one (if you’re going for results that is – otherwise, in my day to day life, I’ll indulge at all three events, within moderation).
The good news is, that once you commit to changing your lifestyle so that your day to day eating revolves around mostly whole foods in moderation, you CAN have your cake and eat it too without the scale going up or your running suffering (I’ve found a signifiant correlation with how I feel during my training runs and how I’ve been fueling my body).
What’s your favorite food? When you are following a plan, are you an all or nothing type person or more of a moderation person?